A UK Border Agency operation on the A52 near Grantham led to the arrest of 12 men suspected of being illegal immigrants this morning.
Acting on intelligence, and supported by officers from Lincolnshire Police, the Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA) and UK Border Agency officers stopped two vehicles on the A52 just outside Grantham at 6am.
Officers checked the immigration status of all 24 occupants of the two vehicles with fingerprint scanners used to confirm identities in some cases.
Eleven men were found to be Indian nationals who had either overstayed visas or entered the UK illegally.
One Pakistani man was also identified as being in the country illegally.
They were arrested and taken to Grantham police station for further questioning. Later today they will be transferred to immigration detention centres pending their removal from the UK.
A spokesman for the UK Border Agency said both vehicles were severely overcrowded, placing the safety of the occupants at risk, and breaching transport regulations.
The agencies involved in the operation are continuing their investigations but it is suspected that the men were en-route to work on a farm in Lincolnshire.
Rachel Challis, from the UK Border Agency’s Lincolnshire local immigration team, said: “We are cracking down on immigration abuse across the county. Any foreign national who is in the UK illegally should be in no doubt that they will be found, arrested and removed from the country. Businesses that take on illegal workers should also be warned that they face heavy fines and possible prosecution.”
Anyone with information about suspected immigration abuse can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 anonymously or visit